Cancelled Community, Culture and Citizenship

Course content

This elective focuses on the intersections of political unity and cultural diversity in contemporary political theory. It will discuss several prominent contributions to this subject, ranging from the 1980s to the present day, highlighting their strengths, weaknesses and the interactions between them. Each approach offers a different interpretation of this relationship and a different set of lessons to be learned in contemporary circumstances, whether the approach be Benjamin Barber’s strong democracy, Iris Marion Young’s concept of the city, David Miller’s national identity, Will Kymlicka’s liberal multiculturalism, or Bhikhu Parekh’s intercultural dialogue.


Bachelor: 7,5 ECTS

Kandidat: 7,5 ECTS

Learning outcome


By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate a deeper knowledge of:

  • The ideas surrounding political community, cultural diversity and citizenship as they relate to the selected literature.
  • The core contributors to this field of study, and how they relate to one another.
  • The various strengths and weaknesses within each theoretical approach.
  • A greater understanding and respect for difference and diversity as concepts in analytic political theory.



Students will develop their skills in:

  • Comparing and analysing different theoretical perspectives within the selected literature and in political theory more broadly.
  • Applying key theoretical concepts to new and unexpected political developments relating to the field of study.
  • Critically reflecting on concepts and how they relate to broader theoretical approaches.
  • Understanding the historical and theoretical relationships between seemingly discrete positions and approaches.



In addition, students will be able to:

  • Elucidate and critically assess the concepts and theories studied in this elective, making reference to real-world events and supplementary literature.
  • Communicate complex ideas and concepts to their peers through presentations and group discussions.

The teaching and learning methods for this elective will take the form of lectures, class discussions, short student presentations and written assignments.

The reading list is between 900-1000 pages and is made up of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Resources will be available through the university library or made available by myself on Absalon.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)

Individualised written feedback will be given on question sheets that will be distributed at intervals throughout the course.

Oral feedback will be given throughout the course both to individuals and groups.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Three-day compulsory written take-home assignment
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Criteria for exam assesment

  • Grade 12 is given for an outstanding performance: the student lives up to the course's goal description in an independent and convincing manner with no or few and minor shortcomings
  • Grade 7 is given for a good performance: the student is confidently able to live up to the goal description, albeit with several shortcomings
  • Grade 02 is given for an adequate performance: the minimum acceptable performance in which the student is only able to live up to the goal description in an insecure and incomplete manner

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • English
  • 28